Amalgamated Transit Union Endorses Altmire

By Tara Jerry, Contributing Writer

In the battle for the newly redrawn 12th Congressional district, Jason Altmire has won the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85.  Altmire is facing fellow incumbent Mark Critz in the Democratic primary.

In a statement announcing the endorsement, ATU Local 85 President Patrick McMahon said, “We support Jason Altmire because he supports the hard-working families that rely on public transit. Our union has always supported Congressman Altmire and he has always been there for our region’s transit employees and riders. He has used his position on the Transportation Committee to fight for western Pennsylvania jobs and funding.”  ATU Local 85 represents 2,200 current and 2,500 retired employees of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

The announcement comes the day after Critz won the endorsement of the SEIU, following in the footsteps of various other labor unions in Allegheny County and a pro-Social Security and Medicare group.  However, fourth quarter fundraising numbers show Altmire leading the cash race with $386,796 more on hand than Critz, according to FEC reports.

The two campaigns are gearing up for an endorsement meeting this weekend by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, days after the Young Democrats of Allegheny County hosted a straw poll that went to Altmire by a wide margin of 83-17.


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